Nature Experience #9 – Earth Hour

Something a little different today. Tomorrow is “Earth Hour.”  This yearly event, created and supported by the
World Wildlife Fund (a global conservation nonprofit whose work I support) has been around for six years. The event sneaks up on me, and I confess to not participating, usually because I
forget.

However, it is good to know that the event is happening, and that it is supported WORLDWIDE! Please read on to learn more …

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Nature Connection #16 – Sensory Hike

Today’s Nature Connection is an activity from my workbook, Regaining Sense of Place, 2000.

“Freed from the pressure of haste. . . I found myself looking more closely at what went on around me.” – Colin Fletcher, The Man Who Walked Through Time

Have you ever been away from your dwelling place for a few days and returned to be greeted by the familiar smell of home? Maybe it’s the carpet cleaner that you use, or the air fresheners,
but somehow it …

Nature Meditation #16 – Elevating my Place

“As time went by, I realized that the particular place I’d chosen was less important than the fact that I’d chosen a place and focused my life
around it. Although the island has taken on great significance for me, it’s no more inherently beautiful or meaningful than any other place on earth. What makes a place special is the way it
buries itself inside the heart, not whether it’s flat or rugged, rich or austere, wet or …

Nature Experience #8 – Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa

I pull into the parking area at Tulsa’s fabulous Oxley Nature Center and the muscles in my back instantly relax. It doesn’t matter what season of
the year it is, or what the weather might be doing. For me, in many ways, a visit to Oxley is like coming ‘home’ – to the place where I am my true self, and feel the happiest.

I come to the Center knowing that I will feel peace. It’s also likely that I …

Nature Connection #15 – What’s The Difference? (Spring)

This week’s connection focuses on three pairs of animals that often are mistaken for each other. With Spring on the wing, we’ll all be seeing them
soon, if we haven’t already. But the next time you see them, you’ll know for sure what they are, and why.

What’s the Difference Between . . .

A Butterfly and a Moth?
The wings of both are covered with …

Nature Meditation #15 – Spring 2012

Great poets, philosphers and naturalists alike love to comment about spring. In today’s mediation, enjoy these words and reflect with me on the
change of seasons. Spring 2012.

“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.” – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

“To those who observe nature from day to day, the coming of spring is announced first of …

Nature Short Story #7 – Equinox

She waits, drained of life, lying on her back in the rich earth, stretched out, head cradled in her arms. Above her, the sky is dark blue and
full of tiny white lights. Mesmerized by the living strobes in the sky, she watches.The way the world has been for the past six months is about to change. It is her redemption.

Almost imperceptably, the dark blue of the sky is not quite so dark. A few stars twinkle out. The horizon lightens. …

Nature Connection #14 – Migrating Birds

Oklahoma is a wonderful place to be to observe birds. So many species either live here, or migrate through here, that it is a birder’s paradise. I
take for granted that so many types of birds flit through my back yard, stay a few days and then fly on. But there is more to the story. Many of the beautiful back yard birds that we all enjoy
seeing actually migrate. And now is the time of year …

Nature Meditation #14 – Seeing Birds

“If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart.” – John Burroughs, Outside Magazine

Read the quote again. And again. Do you get it? Do you REALLY see birds?

Back when I was a teenager, I used to think my mother was bonkers. Why else would a middle-aged woman sit by a window with a pair of binoculars and a book, “Guide to the Birds of
the Eastern United States”, resting on a nearby table. B-O-R-I-N-G. She would tell …